Ebates has been around since 1998. This is a free website that allows you to earn cashback on your online purchases without having to sign up for another credit card.
I have been a member of the site since 2011 and people ask all the time, “Is Ebates legit?” Frankly, it is one of my favorite ways to earn passive income, put some extra stash in my savings account and finance my holiday shopping.
How Does Ebates Work?
Most of you are probably familiar with affiliate marketing. If I tell you there is a great deal over at Amazon today and you click-through my affiliate link and make a purchase, I earn a small commission. Ebates has created a system that gives a portion of the commission they earn back to you when you shop through their links.
When it is time to make an online purchase you just visit Ebates and click through their link to your favorite retailer. They will let you know upfront how much cash back you will receive. It’s typically around 3% to 6%. I occasionally spot offers up to 25% off or more.
This money accumulates on a quarterly basis. Once you have at least $5.01, Ebates will send you a payment when then next pay date rolls around. You can receive your payment by check, PayPal or occasionally an Amazon gift card.
How Can I Increase My Earnings?
Refer your friends – Ebates usually gives you $5 for every friend you refer that makes a $25 purchase. Big bonuses are usually available as well. Through December 31, earn $75 when you refer three friends. Referral bonuses are where the majority of my earnings come from. My referral fees are usually over $2,000 each quarter!
Install the Ebates button – I can’t tell you how many times I have forgotten to visit Ebates first. They now have a browser extension that will alert you when a site you are shopping on is eligible for cash back. It will also show you in your search results which merchants will allow you to earn. No logging in or clicking through Ebates required. It’s been a game changer.
Get the App – Ebates now has a smartphone app. Get in-store coupons, scan barcodes to compare prices and more
Shop Double Cash Back Days – Each week there are usually new sites announced where you can earn double cash back on purchases. There are usually other special promotions available during the holiday shopping season as well.
Ebates Cash Back Visa – Ebates also allows you to “double dip” on your earnings when using their cash back Visa credit card. You will earn an additional 3% cash back on every qualifying purchase you make online using Ebates. Get 1% cash back everywhere else. They are also giving you a $10 bonus on you first purchase for a limited time. And, it works with Apple Pay.
How Do I Sign Up?
Just visit Ebates to get started. It doesn’t cost anything to join and with the new Ebates button, no additional work is required. This is one of the easiest ways on the planet to make money online. And for a limited time, you will get a $10 gift card for signing up!
Have you used Ebates? Tell us your tips in the comments.